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the chemical attack. it's believed according to a u.s. source that syria has put this sarin fast into cannisters that could be dropped from planes. these cannisters are designed to fracture so the devastating nerve gas could escape. but it's not known whether syria intends to use those chemical weapons. we think we have it in aerosol form. the u.s. is making contingency plans in case bashar al-asaad leaves the country suddenly and flees somewhere for asylum which would leave a vacuum there. several countries in that region are trying to find a place for assad to go. secretary of state hillary clinton has a just-added meeting today in dublin, ireland. here you see her earlier today. she and the russian minister decided to meet with the envoy to syria. across barbra himybill: russia s discussion in moscow. earlier in a week there was a report it was pulling support away from damascus. has that bent case? and why the relationship with russia so critical. >> reporter: it's one of the countries syria will listen to. russia could have sway over syrian president assad. >> the best issue
force in syria. >>> plus christmas miracle, a van smashes into a busy georgia jewelry store. how no one was serious lip hurt. >>> and the cute cubs now in the spotlight at the san diego zoo. >>> what is cool about your school, you can submit your nomination on our web site cbssf.com/cool school and we may come out and feature your school on our show. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, everyone survived. this happened in the atlanta . >>> a mini van slams into a jewelry store and everyone survived but not the wall there. this happened in the atlanta area. the store owner looked up and saw the hood of a car coming through the wind
unemployment. cairo ace mess. what is going to happen in syria? who knows. martha: they want to end the show on a high note. bill: i'm building up to it. martha: it's christmastime in the city. how ab go with that. martha: let's go with that. you go with that too. "happening now" starts right now. see you back here on monday, everybody,. jon: breaking this hour a tsunami warning has been lifted following 57.3 magnitude earthquake in japan. the quake striking off the northeastern coast but felt as far away as tokyo. japanese authorities say no problems are detoebgted at the nuclear power plants closes to the epicenter. it triggered a three foot tsunami in the same area devastated in last year's disaster. no deaths reported. more on this story out of japan coming up in a live report. jenna: right now brand-new stories and breaking news. jon: house speaker john boehner coming out on top. what was the intra party skirmish all about? we have the answers. a big seat to fill, they call him the king maker. conservative senator jim demint calling it quits who. will step in and what the chang
there is troubling news on the civil war that is raging some 21 months now in syria. the international envoy trying to help end the violence there says that he's still worried there's been no progress in the ending of the bloodshed that's claimed thousands of lives. hi, everybody, i'm jaime colby, today i'm in nor jenna lee. >> reporter: i'm kelly wright in nor jon scott. the u.n. envoy meeting face to nice with the syrian president today. while their account of that meeting was lens hopeful we are hearing now even more troubling reports the syrian army may have used a deadly poisonous gas on their own citizens. leland vittert lived from bethlehem in the west bank with more details. good day to you. >> reporter: good day. it's a little bit tear lee to figure out what may or may not have happened in terms of a report of a possible chemical weapons attack. right now we are seeing no serious split along religious lines inside that country. you can see it from the latest video. an air strike on what the rebels claim was a bakery line. when you look at this video it shows a lot of armed men in camoufla
for a stomach bug. hillary clinton has a bad one and she is having to bail out of friends of syria, a meeting tomorrow in morocco. william burns will go in her place. one topic they're expected to discuss is how to deal with radical islamists among syria's rebels. >> hope the secretary is feeling better. >>> the foreign relations committee overseas the state department, that, of course, means susan rice is nominated to be secretary of state. the arizona senator would be in a position to grill her during her nomination hearing. mccain has been one of the biggest critics of susan rice suggesting she misled the nation about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> accused new york subway pusher, davis, is expected back in court today. he told "the new york post" he was high on pot and heard voices before allegely pushing 58-year-old on to the tracks. naeem davis is charged with second degree murder. >>> he also wants to lose the gps device and be allowed to travel outside seminole county, florida. he's expected to argue eight motions in all. >>> bob costas is not backing down from his c
of syria right now he where the country's internet service is reportedly back on following a two day nationwide blackout as syrian rebels make a strategic push for, control of an area leading to damascus international airport. and connor powell joins us live with more details on this. what can you tell us? >> well, kelly, for nearly three days, more than 90% of the internet across all the area was out. and latest report is that the internet is back on in damascus and we still don't know about the rest of the country, but the ap was reporting that the internet in damascus, mobile phones are up and running in damascus. it's not clear why they cut it three days ago, they say it was terrorists, but internet companies say it's the syrian government that cut the internet there. and likely because the rebels have been pushing towards damascus and particularly the international airport just south of damascus in recent days and slow their advance and comes as the rebels have been targeting the international airport and the syrian government sis it's open and flights are taking off and landing
. also, president obama comes back from hawaii for the year's final showdown with congress. >>> and syria's government unleashes its most sophisticated weapons of the war. missiles from iran. we'd like to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." >>> i want to begin with a crisis you probably don't know is coming and, of course, is just about to hit. barring a last minute deal, union dock workers at more than a dozen major ports will go on strike this weekend. meaning just about everything we buy, from clothes to cars, can't be unloaded. the strike would impact 14 port along the eastern seaboard in gulf coast, including the port of baltimore and that's where we find cnn's brian todd live. the potential impact of this is pretty big. >> reporter: it's huge, candy. right here, this is one of the most crucial ports for commerce in this region. the sieger terminal. you can see massive container ships sitting in port. this is the port terminal with the bustling operations, containers still
in a hail of gunfire, after being five days in syria. richard engel and his crew. details coming in. >>> new, two little sandy hook boys laid to rest in emotional tribute. a heartbreaking mother's salute, saying the sky is crying. th this, as the rest of the students in newtown head back to school. we're live on the scene. >>> winter weather slam. 100-mile-per-hour winds slam the northwest. this tree lands inches from a baby's crib. now, blizzard warnings up, as a major storm is set to snarl holiday travel across the northwest. sam is tracking it all. >>> and two of the most famous stars in the world say "you're the one that i want" again. >> why don't we do a whole album? >> that's a terrific idea. >> travolta and newton-john, reuniting for the holidays. only on "gma." >>> good morning, america. hello to robin, recovering at home. elizabeth vargas is here. so much of our attention is still on newtown. more funerals are planned for today. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by vo
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. another example is syria. there al qaeda in iraq seeks to establish a long-term dream. by fighting alongside the syrian opposition groups the members are working to hijack the longer struggle to suit their own extremist needs. last week we designated on the front of the ail yes, sir of aca i which is already listed as a foreign terrorist terrorist organization. as they try to wrap themselves in the legitimate sei of the we called it a warning to support the opposition to the syrian people and not help the terrorist group. to add to the list of new challenges, in west africa the loosely organized of collection of factions who have some ties to -- public sympathy. the number in sophistication to the attacks increasing and while the group focusing principally on local nigeria issues -- iranian revolutionary guard and teheran's ally hezbollah. in addition to the critical support that hezbollah are providing for serious assad regime, over the past year, there's been a significant escalation in iranian-backed terrorism. hezbollah's activity has reached an tempo unseen since the 1990s wit
after five days in captivity in syria. we've got brand new details on that. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days, some days we would rather forget ♪ [ male announcer ] the way it moves. the way it cleans. everything about the oral-b power brush is simply revolutionary. oral-b power brushes oscillate, rotate and even pulsate to gently loosen and break up that sticky plaque with more brush movements than manual brushes and even up to 50% more than leading sonic technology brushes for a superior clean. oral-b power brushes. go to oralb.com for the latest offers. bill: here we go, now. the first official review of the terrorist attack in benghazi, libya, said to be complete. this comes days before the hearings began on capitol hill. hillary clinton will not testify for now.ecovering from that concussion. john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor and good morning to you. >> good morning. bill: tell
developments in the growing crisis in syria. u.n. envoy calling for a transitional government run the country in order to end the conflict. russia's foreign minister mixon grimmer marks of such a plan actually working, saying that it still necessary to reach a peaceful solution. leland vittert has more on this. reporter: the russian foreign minister said that he feared that syria could turn into a bloody chaos that there was not some kind of negotiated settlement. many looking at the video that we see every day now coming out of syria. syria is already in a bloody chaos. more than 40,000 people killed. so far in this uprising. the death toll continues to rise every day. the rebels are now starting to gain momentum a little bit. pushing into damascus, some of the other larger cities. at the same time, the regime is growing more desperate and shelling of civilian areas and those kinds of things for the only lasswell might be the russians, who at some point could break away from this and getting their own traction. president bashir max as he is not leaving. the violence continues and we are at a
overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday has been freed after a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although not physically harmed. then yesterday, as the captors were moving them to a new location, they were stopped at a rebel checkpoint. there was a confrontation. and then, the firefight broke out. in that firefight, two of the captors were killed and several others escaped. but richard and his crew were rescued. the syrian rebels then drove him to the border to safety. all are in good health, fortunately. george? >> thank goodness for that. what do we know about the group that took them hostage? >> we know very little about the group. but they were not beli
on this with while. meantime there are new concerns about iran's involvement in syria's civil war. leaders in tehran have been accused shipping weapons to the assad regime. in a fox news exclusive we are now uncovering intelligence what iran may be receiving in exchange for what they are sending apparently to syria. leland vittert joins me now. he is live in jerusalem on this. good morning, leland. >> reporter: good morning, martha. tae run is now getting very sophisticated russian-made air defense systems. this totally changes the strategic map here in the middle east, not only between iran and israel but iran and united states. military planners have to totally rework any plans to attack iran's nuclear facilities. these air defensivelies are sophisticated enough to make an attack very difficult. assigned by russia to protect its military businesses and icbm facilities the s-300 is among the most sophisticated and at this aircraft system in the world. russia sold systems to syria largely to protect president assad's regime by attack from nato or israel. with syria falling into chaos and civil war d
will meet today with sir yearia -- syria. the u.s. and russia had been on opposite sides of the conflict of syria with russia expressing support. but today's meeting suggestions a possible compromise. this comes as fox news is reporting that the syrian military has moved to mix deadly chemical weapons. they will not confirm whether they have the weapons, only saying that they would never use those weapons against their own people. >>> president obama and john boehner will talking on the phone about the fiscal cliff. still, there's no real progress. this all comes as another republican says he's willing to break ranks regarding this. tom coburn said that he -- some are looking for a way to save grace as they move in. >>> allison turns reports, hundreds of thousands of california jobs could be lost. alison? >> reporter: and dave, the defense industry projects about 135,000 jobs would be lost in california over the next few years if those tax increases and massive spending cuts kick in at the end of this month. if there's no deal on those, the pentagon was initially told not to plan for the
a great day. alisyn: there are new signs that the assad regime in syria is growing increasely desperate as we hear reports of extreme escalation in violence. why the u.s. is watching --. bill: who did you like last night. did you like the boss or bon jovi? alisyn: can i say both? bill: they're both from new jersey, representing images on your screen. it was rock and roll royality, say that three times. coming together to help the victims of sandy and raising the roof and millions of dollars and we have the highlights from madison square garden. ♪ ally bank. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. there's the sign to the bullpen. here he comes. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, the pitch! so why are you doing his? whoa! only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actuall
-made systems which russia refuses to sell to the iranians. of course, iran has been supplying syria with fighters and could change plans to strike iran's nuclear facilities. former intelligence officer mike barrett joins us, the c.e.o. of security consulting firm diligent innovation. this could change the israelis' plan? >>guest: it is a fairly advanced system. what you get is upgraded radar and the ability to take down the missiles you shoot in first. a major tactic when you attack using aircraft you want to send in antiradiation missile to take out the radar but if iran has a high are number of missile sites that changes the equation and it puts a certain amount of uncertainty. they are truck mounted and it creates a lot of unnopes so you have to rethink the attack plan from the israeli point of view. >>shepard: would the world try to stop this exchange from happening? >>reporter: the russians in 2009 agreed to sell them but there was tremendous pressure by the united states and the israel and other world powers to prevent that sale and that gives you a good indication of how adva
in syria and say government forces are using them to attack neighboring areas. >> rick: they were some of hurricane sandy's most vulnerable vis ctims and now children hit hardest by the storm are getting a heart-warming surprise this time of christmas and, dan bowens has more from our affiliate station in new york city. >> reporter: an unexpected christmas surprise for the children of ps253 in the rockaways. >> shout it out... ♪ >> reporter: the holiday joy is deeply appreciated by the students, many with families still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> a lot of them have been going through a lot of difficulty, the past few weeks. trying to recover, and, you know, some apartments not having lights on. >> reporter: state senator malcolm smith playing the role of the santa and since the stormed worked with hot 97 identifying families in need. >> alisyn: this is overwhelming, i mean, your heart gets full and, a young man... santa, santa! >> reporter: helping collect most of gifts... we told you about this good samaritan and her friend last month and started their drive a
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firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newto
about the crisis in syria as nbc news learns the syrian military is awaiting final orders to use chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous
that passes off -- pisses off syria, secretary panetta said later. he said if he invited kim jong he servedinner, jh him a glass of wine and tried to find out how he thinks. he is clearly a complex man. his accomplishments over 74 years span two branches of government, education, and a little bit of farm labor on his california ranch. before taking office as the 23rd secretary of defense, secretary panetta served more than two years as cia director. after three years, chief of staff to president clinton. he and his wife cut directed the leon and sylvia and the institute at cal state university at monterey bay. to promote public service. he served eight terms in congress. rising to chairman of the house budget committee in 1989. then'pressing s director of the office of management and budget -- then president clinton' director of the office of management and budget to replaced by me in welcoming to the national press club secretary defense leon panetta. [applause] >> thank you very much, theresa, for that kind introduction. thank you for the introduction to be here today. i look forwa
. >> richard engel and his crew are safe after they were kidnapped and held inside syria for five days. >> i hope we can laugh tonight after a horrible weekend. i just want the people in connecticut to know that we do not take what you're going through lightly and we are thinking about you here a lot, all of us. >>> welcome to "cbs this "cbs this morning." students are going back to students are g school today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boyse boys and girls of sandy hook elementary.elementary. their new school at a nearby is town is not ready yet. >>> investigators are still . trying to figure out what led to this massacre.acre. jeff gore is inlor is in newtown, connecticut, where two victims were laid to rest monday morning. >> reporter: good morning to you and good morning to your viewers in the west.n connecticu one week this week will be full of funerals and wakes. friday's in connecticut on monday the first two funerals were held for the victims of friday's 6-year-old shooting, 6-year-old noah pozner 6- and 6-year-old jack pinto. the state's and lieutenant ed
defection. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. >> well, syria's military police chief reportedly has fled to turkey on a scooter after plotting his escape for three weeks. in a video posted online, a man purporting to be the police chief accuses the government of carrying out massacres of innocent civilians and he says the military is nothing but armed gangs that kill. he says is he defecting to, quote, join the people's revolution. and the recovery in the housing market remains on pace. home prices rose 4.3% in october over last year, that is it the biggest percentage increase in more than two years. near record low mortgage rates and fewer foreclosures are helping spur sale which is in turn is boosting prices. and the world's longest high speed rail line is up and running and it's in, where else, china. the 1428 mile line spans more than half the country linking the capital of beijing to the southern chinese bloom city. trains will run at 186 miles per hour. >>> and civil rights icon nelson mandela has been discharged from a south africa hospital. 94-year-old former president will conti
issues the vice president of syria told a lebanese newspaper he does not think his military can defeat the rebels. that the assad regime may be planning some sort of exit strategy. pro-government forces have been battling rebel forces for nearly two years. human rights activists claim more than 40,000 people have died. the latest concern has been whether the syrian military would use chemical weapons on its own people in a last ditch effort to stay in power. but today syria's ambassador to the united nations warned that the rebels might try using chemical weapons and then blame the government in an attempt to gain more support. >>> egypt is bracing for widespread protests tomorrow against the country's new pot and its newly drafted constitution. demonstrations raged on against mohammed morsi. opponents claim he tried to make himself a dictator by granting himself near absolute power. over the weekend, voters passed the new constitution with 57% of the ballot. if passed if an upcoming vote, his ally also have sweeping new powers. protesters claim the vote was full of irregularities. the
could have been killed. in syria more signs of president assad's days are numbered and the white house warning syria you better not think about using chemical weapons like saddam hussein did. so we'll bring it all to you. take your calls. give you a chance to sound off. you can do so by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. that is our toll free number. follow us on twitter. give us your comments on twitter at bpshow and on facebook, follow us on facebook, facebook.com/billpressshow. here we go. peter ogborn and dan henning. >> happy tuesday. >> bill: team press here this morning. >> good morning. >> bill: phil backert has the phones. cyprian bowlding, a delighted redskins fan this morning. he's got the video camera. >> he's going to celebrate this morning. >> bill: dan didn't wear his giants garb this morning. >> for those who don't know, there is a rift here in the bill "bill press show." dan is a big giants fan. cyprian supports the football team here in washington. it is a heated rivalry. >> bill: even if yo
in syria or from any militia group loyal to the syrian government and that the captors were talking openly about their loyalty to the government. he said his captors executed at least one of this rebel escorts on the spot at the time they were taken. they were freed yesterday. the center for american progress is naming lawrence summers as a distinguished senior fellow. he will work with the economic policy team. he took office as the 27 president of harvard university. he is director of a center for business and government. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. [video clip] >> i did not conduct a survey of gun owners. i found that very often the reaction -- your way of thinking before and after you have a gun is very different. any law-abiding gun owner realizes when he has a gun that is a huge responsibility. if use this weapon wrongly, you can dig yourself into legal trouble and cause unnecessary misery and death even to people .ou didn't intend to do harm to it makes you very careful. it would make people more careful if that all had to pass some kind of a test before
the situation in syria is heading downhill fast. [sirens] ally bank. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. when i'm out with my kids, my daughter'like, "mom, wait up!" and i'm thinking, "shouldn't you have more energy than me? you're, like, eight!" [ male announcer ] for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. simple. effective. advantage: mom. let's fight fat with alli. have a healthier holiday at letsfightholidayfat.com. heather: welcome back. one arizona family has a lot to be grateful for this christmas now that their daughter is free after a very frightening ordeal. 22-year-old sara trevino, serving a missionary for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints in guatemala city, when she and a companion were kidnapped last
citizens, new violence we're learning about in syria. anti-government rebel fighters attacking a government base, and we are learning the international envoy seeking a solution to in this 21-month-old conflict is saying political change is needed immediately to end the violence which has already killed an estimated 44,000 people. leland vittert live for us from our mideast bureau with the latest on this. leland? >> reporter: harris, the peace envoy is trying to bring back a plan that was dead on arrival back in june. it doesn't look like there's any budging from either side. president assad still says that he is going to stay on and continue to fight there inside syria. the rebels say they will accept nothing short than the regime falling, all this amid the rebels continuing to make more and more advances, continuing to close the noose, if you will, on the battlefield especially around president assad's stronghold there in the capital of damascus. russia, though, is continuing to protect syrian president bashar al assad. obviously, that is the transitional plan that something along the line
assad falls in syria? >> it depends on whether we assist or not. the syrian people are not only fighting against assad, but are angry against the united states. people talk about how the syrian people do not understand why we'll will not help them, and they are anchored and embittered. that will dictate a lot of their attitude and our involvement with syria after assad goes. that will be dictated what happens in syria whether they believe we have been of assistance to them or not pick in libya, but they believe we assisted them or showed that appreciation. meanwhile, we took a hike with a light footprint and let all these things develop. i think it depends if we ever have the moral courage, which we are clearly lacking, and assisting the syrian people throw off the yoke of this brutal dictator. we hear again there are now cluster bombs being used. scud missiles. i ask the question that i asked secretary panetta well over a year ago, when about 7000 had been killed -- how many have to die before we're willing to intervene? how many have to die before we will establish a safe zone, get hum
northeast asia and the middle east. the conflict in syria is bringing a violent end to a regime that harbors a large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, and extremists seek to destabilize a nuclear-armed pakistan. increasing military or spending -- military spending by rising powers in the asia pacific region and turmoil across the middle east and north africa are altering the strategic landscape. at the same time, the nature of military conflict is changing because of the new technologies like cyber and the proliferation of missiles and wmd. we are seeing potential adversaries, state and nonstate actors alike, acquire more advanced hybrid and high-end capabilities designed to frustrate the conventional advantages of our armed forces. this means that the military services must remain vigilant, they must remain strong, they must remain prepared to operate in a way that differs significantly from the past. we will continue to face terrorism and deadly attacks by ieds. but we must also be ready for more capable adversaries to a attack our forces and our homeland in cyberspace. to atta
preconditions. for "cbs this morning," holly williams, cairo. >>> in syria this morning, rebel troops declared the airport in damascus to be a fair target, warning civilians to stay away. growing concern that syria's government to use chemical weapons. hillary clinton joined her russian counterpart. this morning, elizabeth palmer reports, hillary clinton says there are no easy answers. >> meetings yesterday were important but just the beginning and added nobody should believe it represented a breakthrough. clinton was more frank on president bashar al assad's lack of a place in seary's polityria future. >> every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. we go into these discussions with a clear sense of what we want to see accomplished, but a realistic understanding of how difficult it still is. >> second clinton said there would be another meeting in the coming days to discuss the way forward. for c"cbs this morning," elizabeth palmer, london. >> james baker, secretary of state under president george h. w. bush an
warning to syria's president bashar al-assad to cease the airstrikes and fighting against syrian rebels that have bled into turkish territory. we can't spend a lot of time worrying about whether -- secretary panetta said afterwards. yet an interview with esquire, he said if he invited kim jong-un over for dinner he would serve him a glass of wine and try to understand how the guy things. clearly the piano playing dog loving secretary of defense is a complex man. his list of accomplishments over 74 years spans two branches of government, education and even a little bit of foreign labor on his california ranch. before taking office as the 23rd secretary of defense on july 4, 2011, secretary panetta served more than two years as cia director. after three years as chief of staff to president clinton, secretary panetta and his wife sylvia codirected the leon and sylvia panetta institute for public poli-sci california state university at monterey bay, nonpartisan senator -- center to promote public service. he served eight terms in congress, rising in 1989 to chairman of the house budget co
that it passed with 64% of the vote. >> gregg: to syria, rebels claiming they have seized a military base in the north of the country. they say they have taken about a dozen soldiers prisoner and captured weapons they believe will help in the fight against the assad regime. violence is escalating including a governmental air strike on a bakery in a small town and activists report that dozens of people have been killed in that attack. >> heather: two women passing through texas claim that they were molested during a traffic stop. the incident was caught on dashcam video. you can see that right here. what it shows and why police they pulled them on over. >> gregg: investigators taking dna samples from bodies of notorious killers executed more than 50 years ago. the dark secrets of these men may keep straight ahead. >> plus, the holiday shopping season is creating a near record number of seasonal jobs but will it help it with the unemployment situation? >> gregg: we'll talk to brenda buttner coming up. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male ann
kerry to make america's top diplomat as the country is leaving two wars but facing issues in syria, iranian and north korea. >> john's entire life has prepared him for his role as the son of a foreign service officer. he has a deep respect for the men and women of the state department. the role they play in advancing our interests and values, the risks that they undertake and the sacrifices they make along with their families. >> john mccain congratulated kerry on his nomination and the republican from arizona says he will consider him as secretary of state but did not promise his support. >> my view on whether senator kerry should be secretary of state will not be based on difference of view. we had differences of view going back to 1991 when he said desert storm will fail but it's my view to carry out responsibilities. >> reporter: kerry kept quiet and hillary clinton wasn't able to make it to the white house at all. she is still recovering from the concussion that is preventing from testifying about what she knew before after and during the deadly attack in benghazi. >> heather:
in christmas, residents in syria praying for peace, if not on earth in their country. unfortunately, correspondent leland vittert tells us. that prayer doesn't look like it will be answered anytime soon. >> syrian rebels say the government tanks fired some type of poison gas on the city of homs. they uploaded victi videos, whee victims are shown receiving treatment. it shows they suffer from heavy dose of tear gas and irritant, no at chemical weapon like serrin gas. troops loyal to president bashar assad suddenly find themselves playing defense. force to abandon large swath of the north, they resorted to firing scud missiles in the direction of the rebel enclave. time and momentum appear on side of the rebels. video shows them using better tactics, fighting as coordinated army, better equipped by the weapons they capture from the syrian government bases. 200,000 bullets, 3,000 hand grenades and cannon inventory at aleppo captured over the weekend. >> there is aftermath of bombing. some videos show civilian casualties. proving the line between civilian and citizen soldiers is blurred
a nuclear bomb, civil war in syria, fraud on wall street, destruction of medicare and medicaid. there are real issues here. having been a governor, i know that trade-offs are tough. things everyday exploding around the world that leave no shortage for exciting conversations. i want our viewer to understand why things have happened. at the end of the show, you know what has happened, why its happened and more importantly, what's going to happen tomorrow. >> bill: to find out more about the teamsters and what they're up to today, go to teamster.org. the center for american progress, great organization, thank god we've got them here. great liberal think tank in the nation's capital head of the action fund for american progress tom perriello former congressman from the state of virginia. planned to be in studio with us this morning but traffic and accidents sometimes get in the way. so tom perriello joins us from his car. stuck somewhere on the streets of our nation's capital. hey, tom good to talk to you. >> good to talk to you. my apo
with just two pills. >>> 13 minutes past the hour. nato says syria is firing more scud missiles in an attempt to quash rebel gains. nato secretary-general calling the action "acts of a desperate regime approaching collapse." these pictures from syrian activists claim to show damage from one of those attacks. cnn of course cannot independently verify that claim. >>> in north korea, a united states citizen has been arrested. state media reported today that pae jun ho has been arrested for unspecific crimes against the country. the state news agency says pae entered the country november 3rd as a tourist and has confessed to the offense and will face legal action. >>> general motors recalling 118,000 trucks because of a problem with a latch that could cause the hood to fly open. the recalled models, the colorado, the canyon from years 2010 to 2012. gm will notify owners in mid-january and repairs will be done for free. >>> also happening right now, secretary of state arne duncan is about to give remarks on protecting children from gun violence, at an elementary school in washington,
aggressive or the stance of an aggressive china. kerry has to look at the civil war in syria and figure out how to contain the damage. if the military loses control over chemical weapons, there could be greater refugee problems and could destabilize jordan and lebanon and to spillover potentially into israel. that will be the first thing. that is much more of a job for a diplomat to ease tensions and to get people to not respond to provocations that the defense secretary. host: first question is gil rahm westchester, new york. caller: i like to know your opinion on mr. kerry's nomination for secretary of state after he called our soldiers killers and murderers and rapists. guest:well, he has been a politician for a very long time and i think over the years he has said and some thisome thing. i am sure in 2004 he regretted some of his affiliations. kerry was never as radical as some of the other members, but he has been in the public eye for more than 40 years and has a very long track record. recently, he was someone known in washington for giving third, fourth, 6, and seven chances to bash
to a democratic congressman about how she thinks we can stop the talling off the fiscal cliff. >>> in syria's capital, damascus, two bombs, ten dead. one a car bomb exploded in a damascus neighborhood, the other a shelling at a bakery in a suburb. syrian state tv calls it a terrorist explosion. >>> bp agreed to pay up for its role in one of the worst oil spills in history and now a judge has signed off on it. they settled for an estimated $7.8 billion the money to go to thousands of businesses and people affected by the spill. they pled guilty last month for the explosion that killed 11 people. >>> millions of us are getting ready to travel for the holidays and are already on the road. the bad news, if you're driving, gas prices just hit a speed bump. after falling for most of last month, the average price per gallon is up 1.2 cents to $3.24. the good news, that it's about the same price it was a year ago. >>> drivers in the middle of the country also have to deal with this. take a look at cleveland, ohio. as a major winter storm raced through there yesterday. the day before, the blizzard l
and the regime in syria. in his annual news conference, putin insisted his country is not protecting syrian president bashar assad. he urged assad to hold talks with the opposition, and negotiate an end to the bloodshed. >> ( translated ): we are not concerned about the fate of assad's regime. we understand what is going on there and that his family has been in power for 40 years. the changes are undoubtedly needed. we are worried about a different thing-- what next? we simply don't want the current opposition, having become the authorities, to start fighting the people who are the current authorities and become the opposition and we don't want this to go on forever. >> sreenivasan: on another matter, putin indicated he plans to sign a law banning u.s. adoptions of russian children. that move is retaliation for a new u.s. law aimed at punishing russian human rights violators. in u.s. economic news, growth during the summer quarter was better than first estimated. the commerce department reported today the economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1%. and on wall street today, the dow jones indust
break out and you will have sunni shia conflict in lebanon, syria, and iraq, stretching from baghdad to beruit. if you have this fighting along sectarian lines in pockets all over the place it will be very dangerous to cover. >> richard engel, you are more capable than pretty much anybody else doing this, and the facts that this was so dangerous for you, makes us worry about the prospect of us being able to cover this up close. welcome back. >> thanks. >> now you have to stay here and become a dentist. i talked to your mom about it already that will do it for us tonight. thank you for being with us. have a great holiday. >>> cliff-mas is coming. on capitol hill, not a creature is stirring. what happens in we ring in the new year with no fiscal deal? details ahead. >>> and the nra calls for security guards at every school. what you didn't hear on the statement from the pro-gun group. >>> holiday havoc. slow go in parts of the country and in some places it could get worse. >>> pennies and nickels, worth the cost? >>> good morning, welcome to "weekends with alex witt." what is happening
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